Definition of dye in English:

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Pronunciation: /dī/


A natural or synthetic substance used to add a color to or change the color of something.
Example sentences
  • For the most part, though, manufacturers adopted recipes using synthetic dyes, or mixtures of synthetic and natural dyes, to provide whatever colors were in demand.
  • It was made with natural and synthetic dyes on wool.
  • One of the major practical applications of chromophore chemistry is in the manufacture of synthetic dyes, or dyestuffs, for textiles.
colorant, coloring, color, dyestuff, pigment, tint, stain, wash

verb (dyes, dyeing, dyed)

[with object]
1Add a color to or change the color of (something) by soaking it in a solution impregnated with a dye: [with complement]: I dyed my hair blonde (as adjective dyed) dyed black hair
More example sentences
  • ‘When your mom takes you to the store to buy your hair dye and then dyes it for you, you're not getting the true meaning of punk,’ he states.
  • She had used the black hair dye to dye the bottom five inches of her flaming red hair black.
  • She wore black and she had dyed her hair black, but the blonde roots were beginning to grow out.
color, tint, pigment, stain, wash
1.1 [no object] Take color well or badly during a dyeing process: it’s good material—it should dye well


dyed in the wool

Unchanging in a particular belief or opinion; inveterate: she’s a dyed-in-the-wool conservative
With allusion to the fact that yarn was dyed in the raw state, producing a more even and permanent color
More example sentences
  • Well, I suppose if you were a Dodger fan you might have a different view of things, but, as I am a dyed in the wool Angel fan, I was ecstatic with our 9-shelling of the Dodger bullpen.
  • A haunter of bookshops since his childhood, spent north and west of Kensington Gardens, he was a dyed in the wool bookman, and was perhaps the last Man of Letters to have read ‘everything’.
  • My grandfather, who is a dear man, but a dyed in the wool Socialist, told me that the general was a traitor to his race for taking a job with third administration.
inveterate, confirmed, entrenched, established, long-standing, deep-rooted, diehard;
complete, absolute, thorough, thoroughgoing, out-and-out, true blue;
firm, unshakable, staunch, steadfast, committed, devoted, dedicated, loyal, unswerving, full bore
informal card-carrying



Example sentences
  • It is a photosensitive resin composition and color filter comprising a polymer dyeable with an anionic dye, an azide compound and a compound with at least two acrylol groups
  • Silk is dyeable, but if it is lined, has trim, or other components - they may not dye.
  • Katahdin Tek is made from a highly dyeable polyester filament, allowing even tonal qualities and luxurious drape.


Old English dēag (noun), dēagian (verb). The noun is not recorded from Old English to the late 16th century, when it was re-formed from the verb.

  • Both main uses of dye, ‘a substance used to add or change colour’ and ‘to add a colour to’, are recorded in Old English. Soon afterwards they both disappeared, the first until the late 16th century, the second until the late Middle Ages. The world in the meantime was not colourless, so the absence of dye from written records is a puzzle. The basis of dyed in the wool, ‘unchanging in a belief or opinion’, is the fact that yarn dyed in its raw state, before it is woven into a piece of fabric, has a much more even and permanent colour. The practice goes back many centuries, and the sense of ‘unchanging’ is also very old. Nowadays people often use the expression to refer to someone's political or sporting affiliation.

Words that rhyme with dye

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